Another great Start Up Story. I feel like I know Paul well, but we haven't actually met yet in person. We have both been involved in online networking for local small businesses offering support during COVID. Paul's can do attitude has been an inspiration for many people this year. It was no surprise to us who got to know him, that he was able to turn the negativity of having to shut his business down during lockdown, then loosing is premises into finding and creating even better facilities and winning business awards.
So happy to get this podcast live and out there. It is fair to say for some reason Wendy and I have been plagued by technical issues. But no more, what a great Start Up Story and lots of really practical tips. Thank you Wendy for your time. This is well worth a listen.
What an unusual service to offer, and perhaps not something you would expect a business to be built on. I was so happy to chat to Oli and find out more about what he does and how it all came about. Oli shares some great tips from what he has learnt along the way. It is always an inspiration to chat to somebody who has turned his hobby into a viable business.
This podcast is particularly relevant at this time. Just into our second lockdown, many people are facing redundancy or loosing their jobs. Some may well be considering starting up their own business. Hooray! Yes, in-spite of what you hear in the news, now is a good time and there are many businesses and sectors who are experiencing growth. Franchise businesses is one of those areas, and a very viable option for the first time small business owner. So how do you go about it? Well listen in to Rebecca's story, and the wealth of incredibly fabulous advice and guidance that will help you figure out if this is the right path for you to follow.
I could chat to Sarah all day, what an interesting lady. Sarah is also a talented photographer and an insightful teacher. I have taken part in Sarah's workshops, she makes learning about photography such fun. How Sarah got started in business is fascinating, a different experience to many, and some great insights in how to keep evolving your business. You will find listening to Sarah quite captivating, so make sure you get the headset on and settle in for a fabulous audio.
In this episode Abbie shares how she had always wanted to run her own business but felt that she lacked the business acumen and knowledge to do that. It took a nervous breakdown, ill health, loosing everything she had created over many years to be the push she needed to finally take that last step. I cannot thank Abbie enough for talking so openly about what happened to her, and for being so generous with her time and top tips.
A very interesting conversation with Sarah, whose background and experience is diverse and immense. We also talked about the pros and cons of franchises, and Sarah shared her top tips on how to firstly establish if franchise is the right route for you, then if so how you find the right one.
A very experienced business lady who shared some great tips.
Sarah's story is so interesting, how she responded to COVID and what she is doing now is very exciting. The pressures on the traditional high street are well documented, and massively compounded by COVID. Now who knows what the future of retail and our high streets will be. I think Sarah may well have a business model that not only gives shoppers a fabulous experience, it also provides small and start up businesses affordable retail space with lots of support. Could this be the future for the small town high street? Listen to Sarah's story and find out more about how Duck in Boots works.
Helen's story is a really interesting one, and I suspect many people will resonate with her experiences. Helen put in a lot of hard work and clinical hours to gain her qualifications and the knowledge she needed to be able to effectively help people. However at that time there was almost zero help around what was needed to run your own business. It is interesting to listen to the challenges Helen faced, how she overcame them, and what she would do differently now. Lots of information on what a Nutritional Therapist does and how they might help you as well. This is a couple of small business owners using the technology available to them, and this time we had a bit of connection issues so it dips occasionally but soon is back,, plus Bella my dog joining in at one point! Real life stuff. Stick with it as Helen is worth the effort!!